I learn new things every day. Many of my life lessons come from the team I work with and the donors I interact with at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.
Working in an ecosystem of generosity means I am surrounded by givers. People who freely share ideas and resources to create change. Fortunately for me they are also willing to share good advice, stories and experiences that have shaped their philosophy on what it takes to make a difference in lives of others.
One lesson revealed to me recently is that a little more can add up to a lot more in the world of giving. Over the years I have witnessed the concept of a little more when people in my life put in just a little more time studying, working, exercising reaped the rewards of better grades, opportunities and fitness. They had mastered the art of digging just a bit deeper and did just a little more.
But this lesson is not exclusive to personal goals.
In Southwest Florida I have witnessed the little more in action; the United Way passes their campaign goals year after year because people are willing to give just a little more in workplace and community campaigns; just a little more by blood donors after a disaster; a few extra cans of food that stock food pantry shelves; increasing an annual pledge to public radio or a local nonprofit each year to help with operating expenses; students adding a little more time to their required community service hours; dropping just a little more change in the Salvation Army red kettles; taking on one additional Meals on Wheels route to feed the frail elderly; spending just a little more time in a conversation with a neighbor in need.
A little more may just be what changes the world.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. Last year, the Foundation partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created over 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, we’ve invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of $93 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $67 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. Based in Fort Myers, the Foundation has satellite offices located in Sanibel Island, LaBelle (Hendry County), and downtown Fort Myers. For more information, visit www.FloridaCommunity.com or call 239-274-5900.